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If consciousness causes collapse, the zombie argument fails

Mohammadian, Mousa (2020) If consciousness causes collapse, the zombie argument fails. Synthese.

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Many non-physicalists, including Chalmers, hold that the zombie argument succeeds in rejecting the physicalist view of consciousness. Some non-physicalists, including, again, Chalmers, hold that quantum collapse interactionism (QCI), i.e., the idea that non-physical consciousness causes collapse of the wave function in phenomena such as quantum measurement, is a viable interactionist solution for the problem of the relationship between the physical world and the non-physical consciousness. In this paper, I argue that if QCI is true, the zombie argument fails. In particular, I show that if QCI is true, a zombie world physically identical to our world is impossible because there is at least one law of nature, a fundamental law of physics in particular, that exist only in the zombie world but not in our world. This shows that philosophers like Chalmers are committing an error in endorsing the zombie argument and QCI at the same time.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Mohammadian, Mousammohamma@nd.edu0000-0002-2422-4979
Keywords: The zombie argument Zombies Laws of nature Interactionism Collapse of the wave function
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Specific Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Mousa Mohammadian
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2020 03:23
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2020 03:23
Item ID: 17984
Journal or Publication Title: Synthese
Publisher: Springer
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-020-02828-4
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-020-02828-4
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Specific Sciences > Physics
Date: 2020
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17984

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